Thursday, August 3, 2006
County teams start practices
By BARRY BURLESON
Clifford Brown and his Hawks were working hard with sweat pouring Monday morning about 8:45.
And it was their second practice already. The first came about eight hours earlier at 12:01 a.m..
“It went well,” Coach Brown said about the second annual midnight practice. “We had about 60 or 70 fans there.”
The Holly Springs High School team, about 60 members strong, was scheduled to practice three times a day on Monday and Tuesday and then switch to a 3:30 p.m. marathon practice Wednesday and Thursday.
Friday night, the Hawks will be split into two squads for a black and gold scrimmage. It kicks off at 6 p.m. at Sam Coopwood Park.
Holly High is tuning up for a Friday night, August 25, contest at Lafayette. The first home contest is September 1 against Ripley.
Last year the Class 3A Hawks finished 6-6 and won a state playoff game for the first time in school history.
In Byhalia, new head coach Devin Rutherford also began three-a-days Monday with his Indians. Those will continue through Wednesday, with school starting Thursday and a change to 3 p.m. practices.
“We’re going to work on the basics, plus get in some offense, defense and special teams,” said Rutherford, who expects about 30 players.
The Indians were winless last season.
“It’s all about building confidence,” Rutherford said “We have to get the kids to believe. If there’s a play to be made, we have to know we have as good of a chance to make it as the other team.”
Rutherford said attendance during summer weight room sessions was excellent, and he already sees a change of attitude among his Indians.
“I see a change in the way they handle themselves and the way they approach the game,” he said. “The kids I have here have been working hard.”
Byhalia kicks off the 2006 campaign Friday, Aug. 25, at home against Lake County, Tenn.
At Marshall Academy, the Indians could officially kick off practice Tuesday and coach Wade Griffin had his Patriots on the field at 7 a.m. They will work twice a day this week - also practicing at 7 p.m.
“We had a good summer, and we’re looking forward to getting started,” Griffin said.
He expects about 25 varsity Patriots.
MA will participate in a jamboree on Thursday, Aug. 17, at Lee (Ark.) Meet the Patriots Night is Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the stadium. The junior high jamboree is Thursday, Aug. 24, at Lee (Miss.)
The varsity Patriots kick off their season Friday night, Aug. 25, at Tunica.
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